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Vulpes vulpes schrencki
A sub species of the Red Fox. This one found in the north has a very pale red, almost orange coloured coat with silvery tips , white under the jaw and down the throat and chest. Black tipped ears and paws and characteristic white tip to the bushy tail.
Found in north east Hokkaido south of Nemuro. It was foraging during the day in shallow snow. According to the National Research and Development Agency - Invasive Species of Japan, this sub species is found on Hokkaido and the Kuril Islands in Japanese territory where it is now classed as native. The rest of Japan is inhabited by V v japonica the endemic sub species.
In Japan the red fox has quite a reputation and plays a huge part in Japanese mythology as a spirit that can both shape change and possess people. They were very common and it was usual to see a dozen or more through the day out in full day light. I found them incredibly engaging so perhaps they managed to charm me too!
Spotted on Mar 1, 2019
Submitted on Mar 31, 2019
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